Genus: Japanese umbrella pine

Sciadopitys

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Steve Silk
Japanese umbrella pine (Sciadopitys)
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Sciadopityaceae
Sciadopitys verticillata, the Japanese umbrella pine, is the sole species in this genus. It is a landscape tree with many fine attributes: peeling, reddish brown bark; shiny leaves in whorls that look like the spokes of an umbrella; and a conical habit. It can reach 30 to 70 feet tall. Grow as a specimen, in a border, or in a large rock garden. May need trained in its first several years to produce a central leader.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Evergreen. Peeling, reddish brown bark. Glossy leaves in whorls.
Care:  Grow in full sun with some shade in the middle of the day, or in partial shade. Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soil.
Propagation: 

Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in spring, or take semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Before transplanting seedlings, soak them in water to improve rooting, as they are slow to establish.

Problems: 

Infrequent.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Sciadopitys

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Japanese umbrella pine
Sciadopitys verticillata